White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the last few days:

-On Monday, we looked at what the upshot of the White Sox holding on to Carlos Quentin would be, breaking it down into four bullet points. I don't see Quentin sticking around -- Kenny Williams still has about two months before spring training opens to deal him -- but as we inch toward February, the chances of him not being dealt will continue to slightly increase.

-Also from Monday, we passed along Scott Merkin's top five moments of the last year for the White Sox. Check out a post later today on White Sox Talk for a different take on the top five.

-Lastings Milledge is on his way to Japan. A recommendation for him: watch Mr. Baseball every day from now until the move. Tom Selleck has the answers. Although, I guess Milledge didn't get beat out for a spot on the 2012 White Sox by Frank Thomas.

-A reader of the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove live chat wondered what the overunder for White Sox home runs next season would be, so we looked at it in a little more detail. Around 160 seems right.

-A couple of good South Side Sox reads: Jim looks at Big Ed Walsh, with some interesting anecdotes about the deadball era White Sox hurler. And Larry examines the proposed John Danks-Jose Lopez trade that drew the ire of any Sox fan who saw it two years ago. Also from the blogosphere, James at White Sox Observer posted his thoughts on the Sox potentially trading Gavin Floyd.

Around the division:

-"The Indians offseason has been a yawner." The Sox have had a pretty slow offseason, too, but nothing close to the crushing boredom emanating from Cleveland.

White Sox: Jake Petricka hopes DL stint is short

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White Sox: Jake Petricka hopes DL stint is short

Jake Petricka will have to resume some mechanical work with Don Cooper as soon as he’s healthy.

With hip tightness he’s experienced in the early part of the season continuing to linger, the White Sox reliever went on the 15-day disabled on Thursday. Petricka has a right-hip impingement and seems optimistic that rest and treatment should have him on the mend quickly.

“I have a little history of tight IT bands,” Petricka said. “I just thought it was part of the normal wear and tear, so I upped my other stuff to take care of it and it just kept coming back and coming back and it kinda hit a point.

“It sucks being on the DL, but I think Herm (Schneider) will take care of me and get it cleaned out and be good to go when I get back.”

Petricka described the injury as a minor ailment. With treatment, he can avoid a worse future injury. But he needs at least a week off, which forced the White Sox to place him on the DL.

Petricka has struggled with command early in the season. He has issued eight walks and allowed eight hits in eight innings, which has resulted in a 4.50 ERA. The right-hander said he and Cooper have begun to try and make some corrections and he hopes to get back to it shortly.

“I felt good,” Petricka said. “Obviously, location has been off. We were looking at mechanics and stuff with Coop and we were getting into a good groove of figuring stuff out and this kind of popped up. We’ll pick up right where we left off when we’re done with this.”

White Sox recall Scott Carroll, name Miguel Gonzalez as Monday's starter

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White Sox recall Scott Carroll, name Miguel Gonzalez as Monday's starter

Scott Carroll is here to supplement the White Sox bullpen and Miguel Gonzalez will be back in time to start on Monday.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Gonzalez would return to the rotation when the team opens a three-game series at the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Gonzalez — who signed a minor-league deal on April 3 — earned a no decision in his previous start against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 25. As for beyond Monday, the White Sox are in to-be-determined mode as to whom will handle the fifth spot in the rotation.

“(Miguel will) definitely get a run Monday,” Ventura said. “He’s gonna get a run Monday, see how many innings he can go. You look at what he did in Toronto, to get through a lineup like that, and to be in a spot to earn something, I think he has a presence about him that he can throw strikes and do what he needs to do to get through it.”

Carroll has worked entirely in relief since he was activated off the 7-day disabled list in late April. The right-hander went on the DL early in the season after he felt some instability in his shoulder. Carroll said he feels “really strong.”

The back of the bullpen has worked harder than normal the past two nights with the team’s two starters working 11 innings in consecutive losses to the Boston Red Sox. Carroll’s experience as a long man could come in handy for a bullpen that just lost Jake Petricka to the DL.

Carroll said he’s excited to get back around the big league club and the good vibes in the clubhouse.

“Early on, you could just tell with the new arrivals we had, it was just a different feeling than the last couple of years,” Carroll said. “Obviously, I’m a younger guy who hasn’t been with the White Sox, but you could definitely tell there was a different feeling than in past years.”

Erik Johnson struggles in rotation audition as White Sox fall to Red Sox

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Erik Johnson struggles in rotation audition as White Sox fall to Red Sox

The situation regarding the fifth spot in the White Sox rotation is still fluid after Erik Johnson made his first start on Thursday night.

When he announced Tuesday that John Danks would be designated for assignment, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said little is certain about the final spot in the rotation after the club parted with its struggling veteran pitcher.

The team’s next move is to be determined as the White Sox optioned Johnson back to Triple-A Charlotte after a 7-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox in front of 20, 126 at U.S. Cellular Field. Johnson retired seven of his last eight he faced, but not before he allowed four earned runs with eight hits and three walks in five innings.

“I felt like I found my rhythm there,” Johnson said. “I definitely -- I know I have more to offer for this team and I know I expect more out of myself.”

Not much looked easy for Johnson, who officially was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day.

After he struck out leadoff man Mookie Betts in the first, Dustin Pedroia homered on the first pitch he saw from Johnson. It would be a sign of things to come for Johnson, the 2015 International League pitcher of the year.

Johnson put two more men on in the first, including a walk to Hanley Ramirez, one of 16 combined free passes by the clubs. He put at least one runner on in four of the five innings worked and stranded six men in his first three frames alone as Boston built an early 4-1 lead.

The Red Sox forced Johnson to throw 81 pitches through three innings.

He pitched well in the fourth and fifth innings, which allowed the White Sox to rally. But the 108 pitches needed to complete those innings knocked him out early.

“It was a tough one to navigate through,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Erik finally got his footing and got through it. But you’re looking at a high pitch count, he’s up over 100. It can be better.”

Hahn and the White Sox quickly moved on from Danks because they don’t want to see their chances of contending this season done in by a weak link in the rotation. Hahn said Tuesday he has several other options at Triple-A if Johnson’s first audition lasted one start.

The White Sox could again turn to Miguel Gonzalez, whom they signed early last month and has already made one start. He allowed five runs in Toronto on April 25 in a contest the White Sox eventually rallied to win.

The right-hander, who won 30 games for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012-14, last pitched on Wednesday night for Charlotte. He allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and has a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings for the Knights. Gonzalez has 18 strikeouts and only four walks.

The club could also call upon Jacob Turner, who has a 3.04 ERA in five starts at Charlotte. But Turner has struggled in his past two outings, allowing seven earned runs and 12 hits in 9 2/3 innings.

If the White Sox -- whose fifth starters are 0-5 with a 7.44 ERA in 32 2/3 innings -- aren’t satisfied with their internal options, Hahn said they’d consider external ones, too.

The White Sox offense had plenty of chances against Henry Owens and an entourage of Boston relievers to earn the win.

But the big hit avoided them every time.

Jose Abreu grounded into a double play in the first with runners on the corners and no outs, a play which tied the game as Adam Eaton scored from third. Abreu also struck out with two on in the third and and Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie couldn’t come through later in the inning with the bases loaded.

Avisail Garcia’s solo shot in the fourth got the White Sox within 4-2. But Abreu flew out to left with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Hector Sanchez drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to make it a one-run game. But Lawrie was thrown out at home on Austin Jackson’s one-out fly to shallow right -- a call Robin Ventura contested because he believed Ryan Hanigan improperly blocked home plate. Replay officials disagreed with Ventura and the White Sox trailed by a run.

Red Sox relievers retired 12 of the last 14 men they faced and Boston scored three times off the White Sox bullpen to pull away.

“Obviously, I beat the throw,” Lawrie said. “Yeah, he blocked me.

“I thought I was in there because I got through him. Yep, just one of those things again.

“(They made) pitches when they needed to. But that’s how baseball goes sometimes. So gotta suck it up and move on to tomorrow.”